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“On the Air” Curriculum Units 1-7

The On the Air curriculum facilitates the understanding of air pollution by studying: Criteria Air Pollutants, the Air Quality Index, Ozone, Particulate Matter, the Health Effects of Air Pollution, Community Sources and Solutions of Air Pollution and Climate Change. Each unit consists of the following: activity description, curricular ties, time needed, learning objectives, materials needed (kit), teacher preparation, teacher background reading, teacher demonstration procedures, activity procedures, technology connections, student handout, student packets and student worksheets. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere Climate
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Curriculum Guide, Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Maryland Virginia District of Columbia
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300 Million Reasons Lesson

Students diagram news articles to discover "300 million reasons" why population issues matter in the United States. By completing this lesson, students will be able to identify news articles that present population-related issues and analyze the content of news articles and diagrams to determine cause-and-effect relationships and solutions to local challenges. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Population
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Changing Landscape Poster

This poster will show your students how Jamestown has changed over the years. Launch Resource

Topic(s): John Smith and Colonial Times Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Social Studies
  • Type(s): Posters and Maps
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A Family Perspective Lesson

Students chart family-size trends over several generations and discuss factors that influence family-size decision-making. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Population
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Hill of Beans Lesson

Students compare the lifetime use of resources of an average American, an average human, and an average person from one of the poorest nations in the world, Malawi. By completing this lesson, students will be able to compare demographic statistics, understand "averages," and interpret the social and economic significance of disparities in quality of life indicators. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Government Population
  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Journey with H2O Coloring Book

This educational coloring book from the U.S. Geological Survey guides students through the path of a raindrop. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater Rivers and Streams Geosphere Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Art, Science
  • Type(s): Books and Publications, Lessons and Activities
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A Salty Experiment Lesson

This experiment teaches students about how salt and fresh water in a typical estuary layer and mix. Though this activity was designed for the New Jersey Harbor Estuary Education Program, the properties it described are relevant for the Chesapeake Bay. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Water Quality Monitoring Hydrosphere
  • Subject(s): Science
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
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A Scientific Cleanup Lesson

Students will learn about problems associated with litter and marine debris. They will design an experiment to investigate litter distribution, make predictions of litter distribution, and participate in a cleanup at the site. Based on the data students collect, they will make conclusions relating litter to the local ecosystem as well as human health and safety. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Technology
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Virginia
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A Walk in the Woods Lesson

Students will observe and identify the various levels (zones) and components of the forest by name. Students will describe interactions that occur in the forest ecosystem and how humans impact forest ecosystems. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Forests
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): Middle School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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Acid Rain: Where Have All the Rainbows Gone Lesson

Using a Soil pH lab, students will investigate the source, mechanism of formation, form, and effect of acid precipitation. Over the course of four class periods (40-45 minutes each), students will develop a basic understanding for the pH scale, the mechanism for acid precipitation formation, and the underlying social and economic issues beneath the problem. Launch Resource

Topic(s): Air Pollution Atmosphere
  • Subject(s): Science, Social Studies
  • Type(s): Lessons and Activities
  • Level(s): High School
  • Aligned with the following standards: Pennsylvania
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